Open Thread for February 27, 2015…Jeb Bush gets a Big One…

Jeb Bush had to come out at least even at the CPAC get together today….

Scott Walker has been riding a Conservative wave for the past few weeks that has SOME thinking he could be even with Jeb….

He isn’t….

No matter what the polling shows?

Scott Walker does NOT have the organization, history or the expertise to beat Jeb Bush and his family….

Today Jeb Bush came on stage and started slowly….

But by the time he left?

He was Ok….

Not Great….

But enough to keep truckin on against people who think a guy who IS a Conservative…But is willing to bend on certain issues?….Can run a better campaign come next fall than a guy who never finished college and is clueless about leading a country of 300 Million….

image….REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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108 thoughts on “Open Thread for February 27, 2015…Jeb Bush gets a Big One…”

  1. I see Republican Gov.Bruce Rauner of Illinois has some pretty disparaging remarks about New Jersey today,while Chris Christies approval rating there sunk to the mid thirties.

    I don’t reckon Rauner will be supporting Christie for President.

  2. Breaking News from the Ocean State: Gordon Fox, the former Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives and one of the chief enactors of Marriage Equality in the state, has agreed to plead guilty to three counts of mail fraud, bribery and corruption in U.S. District Court today.

    He is expected to receive a sentence of three years in Federal prison.

    Former Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci, Jr, received a five-year federal sentence for RICO conspiracy in 2002. At noon today, as ex-Speaker Fox was due to plead, ex-Mayor and unsuccessful 2014 mayoral candidate Cianci offered his own “inside” opinions in his resumed job as a regular political analyst for WLNE-TV ABC 6 News.

    Details in this press release from Rhode Island Attorney-General Peter Kilmartin’s office:

    Former Rhode Island House Speaker and Providence Licensing Board Vice-Chairman Gordon Fox to Plead Guilty in Federal Court to Wire Fraud, Bribery and Tax Evasion

    Former Speaker Fox faces three years in federal prison

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  3. Yesterday’s Conservative heroes are today’s inhabitants of that oft-mentioned ‘dustbin of history.’

    Just ask Christie, Bob McDonnell, and Bob Turner…

  4. Former Rhode Island House Speaker and Providence Licensing Board Vice-Chairman Gordon Fox to Plead Guilty in Federal Court to Wire Fraud, Bribery and Tax Evasion

    Former Speaker Fox faces three years in federal prison

    Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, 53, of East Providence, has waived federal indictment and is expected to plead guilty in federal court to a three-count Information charging him with wire fraud, bribery and filing a false tax return. The charges stem from former Speaker Fox’s theft of $108,000 donated by campaign supporters to pay for personal expenses; his acceptance of a $52,000 bribe to advocate and move for issuance of a liquor license for an East Side restaurant while serving as Vice-Chairman of the City of Providence Board of Licenses in 2008; and his failure to account for these illegal sources of income on his tax returns.

    An 18-month federal grand jury investigation led by prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, IRS and Rhode Island State Police, included the execution of court authorized search warrants at the former speaker’s home and State House office in March of 2014; the issuance of more than 200 subpoenas; the examination of more than 36,000 bank, government, personal and campaign records belonging to former Speaker Fox; and forensic examinations of several computers and other electronic devices.

    United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, FBI Special Agent in Charge Vincent B. Lisi, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge William P. Offord, and Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell today announced the conclusion of the investigation and the filing of the Information, together with a Plea Agreement which, if accepted by the District Court, will result in Former Speaker Fox being sentenced to three years in federal prison….

    Former Providence Mayor (and losing 2014 mayoral candidate) Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci received a five-year sentence in 2002 for RICO conspiracy. In his resumed job as political commentator for WLNE-TV ABC 6 news, he was able to give some “inside” analysis on today’s noon news.

    Gordon Fox’s greatest achievement as Speaker was probably pushing through Marriage Equality in Rhode Island.

  5. Could the GOP Convention in 2016 be reduced to a floor fight whereby the party nominates Benjamin Netanyahu? He DID live in America at one time.

    I don’t see why Israeli citizens(namely Netanyahu and Gene Simmons) can’t run for President here in the US. We are such big backers of theirs that it would just make simple sense. Really, we should just annex Israel just like we did with Alaska and Hawaii.

  6. Some might say that Israel already is SE due to it’s extensive political, military and economic ties….

  7. …twitter….

    Brian Lehrer Show ‏@BrianLehrer
    On #Ferguson report: “root of the failures here, as usual, are political failures.” Cops have become revenue collectors there says O’Donnell

  8. No shocker here on Ferguson.

    Everyone in the St. Louis area knows someone who was harassed by some two bit municipal police force or had to deal with the court system of a glorified subdivision that calls itself a “city”.

    I know whites who have had headaches with these law enforcement entities, but the stories from blacks are almost always much worse.

    Its time to consolidate these ridiculous governments and let the police police instead of act as revenue agents for towns that shouldn’t exist.

    Youd think conservatives would support the above as less government. A few here have, but many of the comments from right wingers oddly defend those on taxpayer salaries who have enough time on their hands to send racist emails on their government accounts.

  9. Re: Rauner

    He’s spoken highly of Walker in the past. It wouldn’t surprise me if he jumped on the Bush bandwagon though.

    Speaking of Bush – up on a point in Florida. Oof.

  10. Second announcement from Fed’s on Ferguson…..


    POLITICO ‏@politico
    #Breaking: The Justice Department announces it will not pursue federal civil rights charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson

  11. He, he, he….
    Dig this!

    Awash in cash, Bush asks donors not to give more than $1 million – for now

    An unusual request has gone out to wealthy donors writing large checks to support former Florida governor Jeb Bush: Please don’t give more than $1 million right away.

    The requested limit, confirmed by multiple people familiar with the amount, may mark the first time that a presidential hopeful has sought to hold off supporters from contributing too much money.

    The move reflects concerns among Bush advisers that accepting massive sums from a handful of uber-rich supporters could fuel a perception that the former governor is in their debt. The effort is also driven by a desire to build as broad a pool of donors as possible among wealthier contributors.

    So even as Bush is headlining a series of high-dollar events for a super PAC backing his bid, fundraisers have been instructed not to ask donors to give more than $1 million per person this quarter….

    More @–for-now/2015/03/04/0b8d3fc6-c1c8-11e4-9271-610273846239_story.html?hpid=z5

  12. Poor Lindsey Graham…..

    Poll: Voters say Lindsey Graham shouldn’t run for president

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may be testing the waters for a possible presidential run, but voters back in the Palmetto State seem to think he should stay in the Senate, according to a new poll.
    Nearly two in three registered voters—65.3 percent—surveyed in a Winthrop University poll released Wednesday, say the Republican senator should not run for president in 2016, compared to 26 percent who think he should give it a go

    More @

  13. Senate vote on Keystone is 62 to 37….
    NOT enough to override a President Obama veto….

  14. Everyone’s ok….

    Short Runway in snowy weather = trouble….

    The aircraft was stopped by the sea wall there….
    Most people do NOT know that the sea wall there has skid marks ALL over it from aircraft…

  15. Of course by the end of last nights 24 hours of rain most of the snow was gone
    Now we have ANOTHER 4 ” on the ground and more to come for the next 6 to 8 hours or so…..

  16. Eight Democratic Senators voting yesterday (together with all 54 Republican Senators) to override President’s veto of the Keystone XL bill:

    Bennet (D-CO)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Heitkamp (D-ND)
    Manchin (D-WV)
    McCaskill (D-MO)
    Tester (D-MT)
    Warner (D-VA)

    Democratic Senator not voting on override:

    Donnelly (D-IN)

    The other 35 Democrats and both Independents voted to sustain the veto.

    Question: On Overriding the Veto (Shall the Bill S.1 Pass, Over the Objections of the President ?)
    Vote Number: 68
    Vote Date: March 4, 2015, 02:20 PM
    Required For Majority: 2/3
    Vote Result: Veto Sustained
    Measure Number: S. 1 (Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act )
    Measure Title: A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    Vote Counts:
    YEAs 62
    NAYs 37
    Not Voting 1

  17. Republican Rocky Chavez enters U.S. Senate race in California

    Rocky Chávez, an assemblyman from Oceanside, announced his campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday, becoming the first major Republican to enter the race to succeed Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer.

    Chávez, a former U.S. Marine colonel and onetime member of the Oceanside City Council, was first elected to the Assembly in 2012. In a written statement, he said he would focus in the Senate on national security, education and the economy.

    “I believe absolutely that I am a uniquely qualified candidate,” Chávez said. “I’m a fighter who brings bipartisan support to issues and gets them solved.”

    Chávez will face a tough challenge in a state dominated by Democrats.

    More @

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